When disaster strikes, all living creatures naturally react with a fight-or-flight response. But what if you’re not strong enough, or have nowhere to run? This is when suffering sets in. Hunger, death, degradation, loss, damage, destruction, desperation. Since 2001, we have the vision to reduce disaster risk – because we can!

At the University of the Free State (UFS) Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), we strive towards informing the public about disaster risk reduction through education. Our master’s, postgraduate degrees in disaster management, short courses, and research are of the highest quality. The recent addition of a PhD ensures that research towards making a difference continue in various fields.

DiMTEC’s first course was approved and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority in 2001, after which we joined the Department of Agricultural Economics in the vision of becoming an independent centre, which came about in 2005.

We have close ties with several United Nations institutions, such as UNU-EHS, UNU-FLORES, UNOOSA, UNSPIDER, UNEASCO, UNEP, UNCCD, UNISDR, and UNDP. Furthermore, we have good working relationships with NGOs such as CARE International, OXFAM, ADRA, and others. Universities we collaborate with, include:

DiMTEC is proud to be on the foreground of disaster management training in Africa. If you want to make a difference – become a 'DiMTECtor'!

General Enquiries

Annelene van Straten
T: +27 51 401 2721
F: +27 51 401 9336

The Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC)

Physical Address
Room 3.102, First Floor, Agriculture Building
Bloemfontein Campus, University of the Free State
Nelson Mandela Road
South Africa

Postal Address
UFS Internal 66
PO Box 339
South Africa


Faculty Manager: Ms Lee-Ann Frazenburg
T: +27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Mrs Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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